Practical and Mental Tactics for Dealing with Sanding
Issue: Issue 334
Posted Date: 9/10/2013
This time out, we posed a question to the Woodworker's Journal online community (i.e., our Facebook fans) about what may be one of the least favorite aspects of our favorite hobby: sanding. We asked for suggestions on making this aspect of woodworking easier. Here's some of what we heard back -- beginning with the practical suggestions. - Editor
"A sharp smoothing plane." -Derek O.
"1. card scrapers, 2. keep planer blades sharp, 3. a good random orbital sander, 4. those sponge-like sanding blocks. Three and four don't eliminate sanding, just make it a lot easier." - John D.
"Machine sanding whenever possible. Slow feed rates through planers, molders, and shapers cuts down on the size of knife marks also, which means less sanding is necessary, provided you don't burn the stock." - Ed D.
"Scary sharp tools and card scrapers." - George B.
"Wear a good dust mask and PPE to protect your self. And take your time with quality equipment!!" - Brett P.
"Don't jump to the final grit so quickly. Too many people make too big a grit change or go too fine on the first pass. Nothing worse than working down to the final grit and realizing you have well-sanded scratches." - Sean P.
Some other suggestions followed a similar theme, the practicality of which may just depend on how things are going in your household. - Editor
"Pawn off as much of the sanding of a project to my wife!" - Denny R.
"Find someone to do it for you!" - Jeff F.
"I make my wife do it." - Mark H.
And some people, in their responses, focused more on the mental attitude toward the situation. - Editor
"Avoidance." - Tom B.
"Patience." - John C.
"Do it by hand and get a rhythm going, slow but enjoyable. I rarely use power tools of any kind." - Wayne P.
And others also decided to change their mindset -- in different ways -- about the process of sanding. - Editor
"Leave it raw, slap on some stain and call it "rustic"!" - Dustin W.
"Beer." - Richard A.